We're soooo lucky!!! Why you ask!? Well this is my SECOND post today and because I have a BEST FRIEND who is starting her own Natural Hair Care Line. I'm soooooo excited for Kurlee Belle!!! I was able to catch up with my busy bestie for an interview... Find out ALL ABOUT KB:
Lets start with a little background info, please tell me a little about yourself?
My name is Terrinique Pennerman and I am the Founder & CEO of Kurlee Belle. Kurlee Belle is a line of eco-friendly natural hair care products for kinky, kinky curly and curly hair. We also have a line of natural hair self expression t-shirts. I am originally from The Bahamas, born and raised. Although, I spent most of my adult life living in the USA. I attended Francis Marion University (South Carolina) for my undergraduate degree where I met my little sister MelissaChanel, worked for awhile in Corporate America and attended graduate school at Duke University. To know me is to have a conversation with me. I am an open book and what you see is what you get. I am kind of crazy and very sarcastic. My friends think I am delusional and others think I'm quiet. I am a Pisces so I believe in having Big Dreams but most of all I am a child of GOD so I know and believe that anything is POSSIBLE. I grew up on a the third largest island of The Bahamas called Abaco, where I would always walk barefoot. My mom would always fuss at me and say " You better put on some shoes. Your feet will be jacked up when you get older." haha. I guess that's why my feet are so big now. I like to think of myself as a barefoot island girl who came from humble beginnings. As a little girl, I would always sit on the beach, stare at the horizon and imagine what I would be when I grew up. The imagination is a powerful thing because I turned into the person that I have always imagined.
How long have you been natural?
There are so many definitions of what is considered "natural" but I would say I became natural when I stopped getting relaxers.
In July 2008, I was returning from a trip to Turks & Caicos with my best friend. The weather was hot and humid and my freshly relaxed hair was looking anything but fresh. I had always had issues with growth and my scalp was always itching and flaky from the creamy crack. I would get big burn scabs around my hairline and thought to myself this cannot be normal. In addition, alopecia runs in my family and I didn't want to end up without sides. This was around the same time Chris Rock's movie "Good Hair" came out so I said why not make the transition?
My mom always told me how sorry she was that she relaxed my hair because I had such nice hair. So I decided to start on my natural hair journey. At that time, I didn't consult anyone or know how to transition so I did it with blinders on. Instead of getting relaxers, I got regular flat irons (BIG MISTAKE). Turns out straightening natural hair without heat protect-ants defeats the purpose of 'going natural' because your hair then turns permanently straight as if you had a relaxer. After straightening for awhile, I decided to consult a natural hair stylist (BEST THING I EVER DID), who clipped off all of my straight ends. I wasn't comfortable wearing my hair short so I wore straight weave (Mistake #2)…when you wear straight weave you have to straighten the part of the hair that is left out to cover the weave. What ends up happening is you have all this curly hair and a straight patch in the middle of your head. So I decided to wear curly weave, and I would curl the part of my hair that was left out to cover the weave with flexi rods. After about a year and a half of wearing extensions, I ditched the weave and started to wear my natural hair in early 2010. This was around the same time I started Kurlee Belle. When I would wear my hair out, none of the products worked for my hair texture. I collected a ton of products and could not get the results I wanted...and that is how Kurlee Belle started.
Do you believe in hair types? If so what would you consider your hair type?
I don't really believe in the hair typing system because our hair is so unique, it is hard to classify all of the different textures. The black race is a unique race because we are mixed with many other races which is seen in the different shades of black from light skin to brown skin to dark skin. So how do you classify a black person's hair that is mixed with White, Hispanic, and African by one system? I have several different textures on my head. The sides of my hair have a different curl pattern than the back and the front. I did a poll on my facebook page for our followers to tell me which type of hair I had. Most people said 3c, but I don't subscribe to the system at all because just as we are unique beings so are the hairs on our head.
What is your go to hair style?
What is your go to hair style?
When I first went natural, I used to wear my hair in a curly afro. I would section up my hair, braid it half way and twists the other half then apply flexi rods. I did this for about 4 1/2 years each night (crazy right? I know I am an insane freak lol). It was becoming too much work and I thought to myself, natural hair does not have to be that high maintenance. So I retired the rods and I now where semi-mini twists. I like this style because I can predict what my hair is going to look like no matter the weather. I pin it up in the back for a classic updo look or leave it down depending on how I am feeling.
Please share your hair care regimen?
I have different hair care regimens depending on the time of year. Since it is summer, I wash my hair at least once a week because of all the humidity, dust and sweat that builds up on my hair. My wash day is usually during the middle of the week, because I like to reserve my weekends for fun with friends, hanging out at the beach, etc. I wash my hair with Kurlee Belle's Almond & Shea Butter Moisturizing Shampoo ( I love this product, not just because I created it but the scent is to die for and it leaves my hair so soft and clean). I then apply Kurlee Belle's Thirsty Kurls Leave-in conditioner to detangle my curls followed by Kurlee Belle's Kurl Defining Creme. Depending on if I have enough time, I like to deep condition my hair at least once a week using Kurlee Belle's Banana Nut & Avocado Deep Treatment. During the week, I spray my hair with water and apply Kurlee Tropical Oils Blend for moisture and shine.
How can my readers locate you and more about your hair care line?
I am super excited about launching Kurlee Belle. It has been in the making for quite some time now and I did not want it to be released until I was 100% happy with its performance. The products are anticipated to launch the end of this month/early September. We will put a button up on the blog for pre-orders because the demand is so great.
You can find Kurlee Belle at:
My personal Instagram: Terrinique
Look out for more info soon on the launch next month. I have already tested these products and I'm excited to get my hands on the final product!!!! Terri has worked super hard to get this line perfect and I believe it's ready!!!